[Tutor] New to Python

bob gailer bgailer at gmail.com
Thu Jun 12 18:43:25 CEST 2008

Nkem Onyemachi wrote:
> Hi all im new to programming so i decided 2 learn Python since it is easy to learn on ones own what really is the advantage can i know it is not "heavy" like java etc but really can it do apart 4rom being as a scripting language

Hi and welcome. As an aside I'd find your requests easier to read with a 
little punctuation and capitalization. For one I can parse your comment 
several different ways, and they reveal different questions.

(1) Python is a "general purpose" programming language. This puts it in 
a very large set of languages.
(2) Python is an interpreted language.
     These are a subset of programming languages. (Jave, VB, Basic, APL, 
     The others are compiled languages (C, FORTRAN, COBOL, ....)
     Interpreted languages execute somewhat slower than compiled 
languages. But development turnaround time is usually a LOT shorter.
(3) Python is "lighter" than Java (and C, C++, VB, most other languages)
(4) Python comes with a large library of modules that support almost 
anything you'd want to accomplish.


Bob Gailer
919-636-4239 Chapel Hill, NC

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